Community Development Funding Database

Welcome to the Community Development Funding Database. This searchable resource database will help you identify state and federal grant and loan opportunities to help fund community and economic development projects. Filter your search based on project type, applicant, agency, and more using the filters on the left. You do not need to use all filters, only the ones that apply.

This funding tool is meant to serve as a resource guide, and does not guarantee eligibility or qualifications. Please contact individual agencies for current program details and more information regarding eligibility and project qualifications.

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Montana Board of Investments

INTERCAP Program

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Eligible Borrowers, authorized by Montana law, may borrow to finance projects including but not limited to:

  • Energy Retrofit Projects
  • Real property purchase & improvements
  • New and used equipment of all kinds
  • New and used vehicles of all kinds
  • Water, wastewater, and solid waste projects
  • Preliminary engineering and grant writing work
  • Interim financing for construction or cash-flow loans
  • Rural and special improvement district projects
  • Street maintenance district projects

Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for full loan details.

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

State agencies, cities/towns, counties, school districts, university and community colleges, sold waste districts, water & sewer districts, fire districts and fire service areas, other eligible borrowers.

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Louise Welsh
[email protected]
406-444-0891

Department of Commerce

Montana Indian Language Program

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The Montana Indian Language Program (MILP) demonstrates the State of Montana’s continued commitment to support efforts of Montana tribes to preserve and perpetuate Indian languages in the form of spoken, written, sung or signed language and to assist in the preservation and curricular goals of Indian education for all. The State of Montana recognizes Indian languages as vital to the identity of tribal nations and the state.

Activities may include:

  • Language classes
  • Language immersion camps
  • Storytelling, songs
  • Publication of literature
  • Language programs, workshops, seminars, camps and other presentations in formal or informal settings

Maximum Award Amount

$89,062.50.

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

The Montana Indian Language Program (MILP) demonstrates the State of Montana’s continued commitment to support efforts of Montana tribes to preserve and perpetuate Indian languages in the form of spoken, written, sung or signed language and to assist in the preservation and curricular goals of Indian education for all. The State of Montana recognizes Indian languages as vital to the identity of tribal nations and the state.

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Billie LeDeau
[email protected]
(406) 841-2754

Department of Commerce

Microbusiness Finance Program-Indirect Business Loans

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The MicroBusiness Finance Program (MBFP) administers funding for the certified MicroBusiness Development Corporations (MBDCs) located across Montana.

Qualified microbusinesses work directly with the MBDC, which:

  • Provides loans up to $100,000 to qualified microbusinesses;
  • Provides training and technical assistance to qualified microbusinesses; &
  • Underwrites and services their microloan portfolios

Maximum Award Amount

$100,000

Cost Matching

See funding website for loan details

Eligible Applicants

Montana-based businesses with fewer than 10 full-time equivalent employees and gross annual revenues of less than $1 million.

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Department of Commerce

State Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund

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The Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund (WP RLF) provides loans to businesses in the wood products industry to create or retain jobs, targeting areas where timber jobs are most threatened, particularly in counties with lumber mills and other related facilities.  WP RLF loans are available from two distinct programs: State Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund (State WP RLF) and Economic Development Administration Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund (EDA WP RLF).

Maximum Award Amount

$20,000 per created or retained job, and may not exceed $2 million

Cost Matching

State WP RLF: 1:1

EDA WP RLF 2:1

Eligible Applicants

Individuals, including private contractors and wood products businesses that are part of the critical, primary wood processing infrastructure and have suffered economic hardships.

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Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program

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The Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program’s goal is to accomplish large-scale restoration of private and publicly owned high-priority wildlife habitats through noxious weed management. Grant expenditures are limited to herbicides and additives, biological control agents, materials required for restoration seeding or prescribed grazing management, and associated treatment and installation services.

 

Maximum Award Amount

Based on eligibility and applicant pool.

Cost Matching

3:1. Applicants must provide one dollar of nonfederal matching funds (cash) for every 3 dollars of federal grant funds.

Eligible Applicants

Counties that meet MCA87-5-806(2) requirements.

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Kim Antonick
[email protected]
406-444-7291

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Community Ponds Program

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The Community Pond program enhances fishing opportunities in or near Montana communities by providing funds that may be used to construct or improve public fishing ponds.

Maximum Award Amount

$25,000.00 average award

Cost Matching

70:30 match requirement.  Applicants must provide 30% of the costs associated with the project and may include in-kind contributions

Eligible Applicants

State agencies, cities, counties, angler groups, civic organizations or other community-based organizations are eligible to sponsor a project.

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Michelle McGree
[email protected]
406-444-2432

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

MT Wild School Transportation Grant

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FWP provides Montana outlying school districts grant funds to visit Montana WILD – Education Center located in Helena, Montana. Grants are for transportation and/or lodging costs only.  Only the participating school may be reimbursed.  Third party vendors cannot be paid directly.

Maximum Award Amount

$2,500.00 per school. Reimbursement program.

Cost Matching

No Required

Eligible Applicants

Must be an ‘outlying’ school (50 miles one way from Helena)

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Corie Rice
[email protected]
406-444-9944

US Department of Agriculture

Value Added Producer Grants

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The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include:

  • Processing costs.
  • Marketing and advertising expenses.
  • Some inventory and salary expenses.

Maximum Award Amount

Planning Grant- $75,000

Working Capital Grant- $250,000

Cost Matching

50% of total project cost

Eligible Applicants

Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation, are eligible to apply for this program.

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US Department of Agriculture

Business and Industry Loan Guarantees

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This program offers loan guarantees to rural businesses.

Eligible uses include (but are not limited to):

  • Business conversion, enlargement, repair, modernization or development.
  • The purchase and development of land, easements, rights-of-way, buildings or facilities.
  • The purchase of equipment, leasehold improvements, machinery, supplies or inventory.
  • Debt refinancing when refinancing improves cash flow and creates jobs.
  • Business and industrial acquisitions when the loan will maintain business operations and create or save jobs.

 

Maximum Award Amount

See funding website for loan details.

Cost Matching

N/A

Eligible Applicants

Lenders need the legal authority, financial strength and sufficient experience to operate a successful lending program. This includes:

  • Federal or state-chartered banks.
  • Savings and loans.
  • Farm credit banks.
  • Credit unions.

Eligible areas:

  • Rural areas outside of a city or town with a population of fewer than 50,000 people.
  • The borrower’s headquarters may be based within a larger city as long as the project

is located in an eligible rural area.

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US Department of Agriculture

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

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The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another.

In March 2018, Congress explicitly appropriated an additional $20 million for the DLT Program in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Pub. L. 115-141, § 775 (2018) “to help address the opioid epidemic in rural America.”  Approximately half of this funding was awarded in FY 2018 to DLT projects that had opioid treatment as their primary purpose.

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Acquisition of eligible capital assets, such as:
    • Broadband transmission facilities
    • Audio, video and interactive video equipment
    • Terminal and data terminal equipment
    • Computer hardware, network components and software
    • Inside wiring and similar infrastructure that further DLT services
  • Acquisition of instructional programming that is a capital asset
  • Acquisition of technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment

Maximum Award Amount

$500,000

Cost Matching

15%

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or health care through telecommunications, including:

  • Most State and local governmental entities
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Non-profits
  • For-profit businesses
  • Consortia of eligible entities

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